Fasli Muktad prayer and talks program for 2013

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Roj Govad Mah Meher, 1382 Yz.

The Fasli Muktad will commence from Fasli Roj Ashishvangh Mah Spendarmad, or Sunday, 10th March 2013.

Continuing the tradition started by Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff in 1918, the Fasli Takchian ceremonies at Behram Baug will enter their 96th year of continuous performance.

The special area where the Fasli Muktad are enthroned has been cleaned and washed, fresh wheat grass has been planted and the 27 glasses representing the Hama Anjuman have been made ready.

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Love Truth above all

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Roj Khorshed Mah Sherevar, 1382 Yz.

A few days ago I received an email from an old friend residing in the USA. This elderly gentleman had a distinguished banking career and after retirement, got introduced to the Zoroastrian religion and its esoteric side, Khshnoom. Like many other students of Khshnoom, my friend also came to the realization that this lifetime was not enough to even begin to understand the mysteries of our religion. Moreover, there was the feeling of having missed ...

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A Day of Shame for India

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Roj Gosh Mah Amardad, 1382 Yz.

It is a day of great shame for India and all Indians. How many millions of us feel the pangs of pain and humiliation, that a country which is so vocal about its great culture, which never tires of sermonizing others, which is quick to find faults with neighbours and distant countries, which goes on and on about being the fountainhead of everything good that exists in this world, could not protect the innocence and ...

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Remembering our departed on auspicious occasions

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Roj Amardad Mah Amardad, 1382 Yz.

As the season of weddings and Navjotes gathers steam, an important part of the festivities needs to be reinforced into the Parsi consciousness. It is our age old custom, that on all festive and important occasions like Navjotes, weddings, births, Navars, betrothals, etc. we always begin the festivities by remembering the Ruvans and Farohars of our dear departed relatives, generally called ‘Hama Asho Farohar’. What is the reason for ...

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Does Ahura Mazda lie?

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Roj Asman Mah Khordad, 1382 Yz.

The little Avesta scripture that remains with us today is filled with numerous curiosities. Within the Avesta, the Gathas are easily the most complex to translate and understand. A mere four or five line stanza of hardly 25 words can throw up great challenges to even the most ardent student of our religion. Indeed many scholars have accepted that even after decades of study, the Gathas remain a mystery to them.

The Avesta has a number ...

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How long should we do the Muktad?

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Roj Dae-pa-Din, Mah Spendarmad, 1381 Yz.

The question is often put to me by many devotees: ‘Dasturji, for how long should we do the Muktad prayers?’ There is really no easy answer to this question. But I generally drive the conversation in the following manner.

Me: It’s all a question of feeling, what we call ‘laagni’ in Gujarati.

Devotee: What do you ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khosrau Parvez – part 7

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Roj Behram Mah Dae, 1381 Yz.

Meanwhile the rebellious courtiers were growingly increasingly worried over Shirooy’s inability to take any decision on the end of Khosrau Parvez. They met in secret and decided on their course of action. On a predetermined day, the courtiers all got together and marched into Shirooy’s court. Seeing them all together, Shirooy thought his end was near. In one voice, the courtiers demanded to know why Shirooy was delaying the final end of the deposed king. ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khosrau Parvez – part 5

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Roj Aneran Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

‘Firstly’, the King rejoined to his wayward son, ‘only he who is without fault should point out the fault of others. Besides, much of what has been written has been penned not by you, but by others who are using you for their own selfish purposes. Be that as it may, here are my replies to your accusations: Firstly, your allegation that I killed my father is untrue. He was, in fact, killed by my ...

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The tragic life-story of King Khusrau Parvez – part 4

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Roj Dae-pa-Din Mah Adar, 1381 Yz.

As the King escaped under cover of darkness, the rebel soldiers entered the palace and began looting and breaking things indiscriminately. Soon the entire palace was in a shambles. The senior leaders arrived and were shocked to see the extent of the destruction, but it was too late. As they searched frantically for the King, all they could find was his favourite Queen Shirin.

Meanwhile the deposed King made his way into the countryside with a ...

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